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Teacher’s aide Valarie Person works with 6th graders from left, Dehvin Lowe, Chloe Bales, and Sean Thompson, at Brooklyn Urban Garden School, an independent charter in New York City.
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Independent Charter Schools Aim to Elevate Their Status

Supporters of independent charter schools want to get back to the charter movement's roots: creating schools that serve as education laboratories. (October 4, 2017)

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Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation
With growing evidence that the nation's cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling.

Charter Schools at 25
Twenty-five years ago this month, Minnesota passed the country's first charter school law. Since then, the charter sector has expanded exponentially. Explore the evolution of charter schools and debate over diversity.

Charter Discipline: The Impact on Students
Charter schools' freedom to set and enforce their own discipline rules has raised concerns among educators, policymakers, and parents, who worry that strict policies may push students out of some schools for minor infractions. This series examines those practices.

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A rural high school where advanced students learn from Ivy League professors—remotely. A charter school for aspiring Marines. A space flight center. Those are places that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos chose to highlight on her second back-to-school road trip.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
A federal judge has dismissed most claims in a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools, and school choice programs, saying there is no fundamental right to equal education opportunity under the federal Constitution.
October 3, 2018 – AP
A government watchdog group called Florida's growing system of privately-run public charter schools wasteful and said it sometimes gives rise to self-dealing and profiteering.
September 18, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Any discussion in politics of the future of education in Ohio inevitably turns to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.
September 14, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Private school choice advocates are worried that tax-credit scholarship programs are getting swept into a crackdown by the Trump Administration on blue states trying to circumvent parts of the new GOP tax law.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her counterparts from around the globe met in Argentina for the first-ever G-20 meeting of education and employment ministers.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
Support for raising teacher salaries jumped nationally in the wake of this spring's wave of teacher activism, a national poll by the journal Education Next said.
August 22, 2018 – Education Week
A new state supreme court ruling will allow the Ohio state department of education to seek repayment of tens of millions of dollars from the beleaguered online charter school.
August 8, 2018 – Education Week
Where children live still largely determines their education options. But a dramatic shift is already under way, write Mark A. Elgart and Belle S. Wheelan.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Following a trip to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reflects on how we should restructure education at home.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week

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